Sydney - Waratahs skipper Rocky Elsom has been cut from the Wallabies by coach
Robbie Deans less than a year after being stripped of the national
And with the ARU expecting the blindside flank to take
up opportunities in Japan or France in 2013, the No 6 may have played
his last game in the green and gold jumper.
Waratahs contacts in South Africa on Thursday confirmed
Elsom, who suffered a shoulder injury in last week's loss to the Stormers,
had been overlooked for the upcoming Tests against Scotland and Wales.
After pushing through last year's Rugby World Cup with serious
leg and shoulder injuries, it's likely the official line will be that
Elsom has been rested to continue his recovery from eight months on the
sidelines. Elsom has had limited game time since making his Super Rugby
return last month.
Elsom stands to lose in excess of $40 000 by not playing the series.
Considered one of the Wallabies' greatest ever No 6s it
will be the first time - when available - that Elsom hasn't been
selected for the Wallabies since making his Test debut in 2005.
Should Elsom miss two more matches this season, he will
fail to activate a clause in his contract which gives him an opportunity
to continue at the Waratahs on his current salary.
And while Waratahs
coaching staff want to retain Elsom - who, when fit, is one of rugby's
most devastating players - it's understood Waratahs management are
prepared to let Elsom leave at year's end to pursue significant offers
in either Japan or France.
His departure would save the Waratahs and ARU in excess of $300 000 and $400 000 respectively.